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CANTON – There wasn’t a seat available or a good parking space at SUNY Canton on Wednesday evening as the Section 10 Class D1 and D2 Boys Basketball Championships were held in a theme called “Survivor Night.”

In the first game of the evening, No. 6 seed and defending New York State Class D runner-up Madrid-Waddington survived against No. 3 seed Edwards-Knox 51-49 to decide a split season series.

In the nightcap, No. 1 seed St. Regis Falls escaped from No. 4 seed Harrisville 45-38to the school’s first boys basketball sectional title since 1976 when longtime St. Regis Falls Girls Basketball Coach Wilbur Bailey led a Saints squad to the overall Class D crown.

The overall Section 10 Class D Championship game, featuring two Canton Central graduates in the coaching matchup of M-W’s Aaron Jones and St. Regis’ Randy Todd is slated for Saturday at SUNY Potsdam, at 2:45 p.m.

Madrid-Waddington 51, Edwards-Knox 49: The Jackets answered an E-K rally for a 49-49 tie after forcing a travel. The Jackets (15-6) inbounded the ball underneath the E-K’ basket, Colin O’Bryan dribbled his way through some tight defense and slid a bounce pass to Greg Thompson for a wide open layup with 2.1 to play for the game-winner.

“I just got the ball and went. I was supposed to drive but I saw a E-K defender coming right at me and I saw a slim opening to Greg. Greg just made a big basket, one of many this season,” said O’Bryan.

The basket erased any memory of the Jackets wasting an early 12-point lead and the memory of a 0-7 fourth quarter free throw showing while E-K went 8-15.

“At the end of the game we didn’t do well with certain game situations and we didn’t take some of the best shots but we didn’t break. Edwards-Knox is just a great team and we’ve played three times with them this season and in all three we got up early and they came back and made it very tough. The play for Colin was supposed to be him driving but he has good vision and found Greg. Greg didn’t have a very good offensive game but he didn’t miss that shot,” said M-W coach Aaron Jones.

The Jackets took a 13-8 lead keyed by five points from Richard Wright in the first quarter. The lead opened to 12 early in the second quarter before E-K battled within seven at 29-22 at halftime sparked by four points each from Chris Davison and Nick Davison.

In the third quarter, Tyler Tresidder buried a three with 1:10 left to cut the deficit to 36-33. Thompson answered with an offensive rebound putback and Tresidder closed out the quarter with a layup.

Richard Wright netted a three early in the fourth for a 43-36 lead and Zach Brock made it 45-36. Kaden Dandrow went 1-2 at the line before Maurice Rease gave the Jackets a 47-37 lead with 4:00 to play.

E-K went on a mini run of 10-2 capped by a Tresidder three-pointers with 46 seconds to play. E-K to tied the game at 49-49 with 46 seconds to play with a pair of smooth free throws from Jessie Bullock.

The tie stood until the Jackets forced a turnover with less than 10 seconds left on the clock setting the stage for O’Bryan’s game winning pass to Thompson.

O’Bryan finished with 14 points, five assists and three steals while Maurice Rease, who quickly recovered from a sprained ankle on Saturday, added 13 points including nine in the first half. Thompson generated all nine of his points in the second half and grabbed seven rebounds while Wright added 10 points, six rebounds and two assists and Zach Brock added five points and three rebounds.

E-K’s Tresidder paced all scorers with 21 points including three threes and eight points in the 24-13 fourth quarter advantage. Chris Davison added 10 points while Nick Davison added eight and Kaden Dandrow added six. Jesse Bullock chipped in four.

“One of our goals was too limit Kaden Dandrow and I thought defensively Terry Crump and Jacob Barney defended him well but that sometimes opens up players and Tyler (Tresidder) really had a great game for them,” Jones said.

O’Bryan credited the way his team battled throughout the game and season and didn’t bend.

“After losing alot of players last season, we knew that it was going to be tough to get back. We didn’t question ourselves we knew if we worked hard it could do it,” he said.

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